When Kyle Curinga decided he wanted to be a professional soccer player, he knew it was going to take a lot of sacrifice. There aren't many places nearby for a kid from Clearwater to get paid to play the game.
Nashville apparently is in. Now, three other MLS expansion hopefuls — and a fourth that has been in limbo for years — will await their fate with the growing league, with the Tampa Bay area lurking behind the leaders as a possible future destination.
It doesn't look like Major League Soccer will be expanding to Tampa Bay this time around, according to a report this week from Sports Illustrated.
ST. PETERSBURG — So much for seedings.
ST. PETERSBURG — They lost their final regular-season match and could have been watching the playoffs from home had a couple of other final-week United Soccer League results gone differently.
ST. PETERSBURG — The Rowdies entered Saturday night's United Soccer League playoff opener as the league's hottest team. First-round opponent FC Cincinnati did nothing to cool them down.
ST. PETERSBURG — Rowdies fans, set to be rewarded with their first home playoff match in five years, can also take a little credit for it.
The Rowdies open the USL playoffs by hosting sixth seed Cincinnati in an Eastern Conference quarterfinal at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Al Lang Stadium.
ORLANDO — The Rowdies shut out Orlando City B 2-0 in Thursday's regular-season finale, clinching a home game in the USL quarterfinals.
ST. PETERSBURG — Two sides that wanted a win in the worst way, if for different reasons, made for vastly entertaining soccer Wednesday night.